UMBC Men’s Basketball Heads to the District to Take on American on Tuesday

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton

UMBC GAME NOTES | LIVE STATS | VIDEO (Patriot League Network/NBC Sports Washington)

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball heads to Washington, D.C. to take on American on Tuesday night in Bender Arena. The Retrievers are coming off a big 85-60 win against Drexel on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard K.J. Jackson (Missouri City, Texas) recorded his second straight 19 points game, leading four in double figures. Daniel Akin (London, England) recorded a career-high 18 points on 9-11 shooting in the win. 

American Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (5-3) at American Eagles (2-4)
Where: Bender Arena - Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, December 3 - 7:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream available on WatchStadium.com and NBC Sports Washington with Dan Laing and David Aldridge on the call, live stats at AUEagles.com
Social Media: @UMBC_MBB, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC comes into the contest at 5-3, snapping a three-game losing streak in an 85-60 win against Drexel on Saturday. Senior guard K.J. Jackson recorded his second straight 19 points game, leading four in double figures. Daniel Akin recorded a career-high 18 points on 9-11 shooting in the win.

-Jackson is one of three Retrievers in double figures at 12.8 ppg. The senior has dished out 15 assists in four games since coming off an injury. Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia) is also in double figures at 10.9 ppg corralling 4.3 rebounds per game. The Retrievers are scoring at a 73.8 ppg clip, holding opponents to just 61.6 ppg while shooting 46 percent from the floor as a team. 

Scouting the Eagles:

-The Eagles sit at 2-4 on the year, coming off a 68-64 loss to America East foe UAlbany on Saturday morning. American will be playing just their third home game of the year and are 1-1 at Bender Arena. 

-Sa'eed Nelson leads the team on the offensive end, scoring at a 19.0 ppg clip, shooting 50 percent from the floor. He is averaging just under 4.0 apg with 13 steals. Jamir Harris, Jacob Boonyasith and Stacy Beckton Jr. are all averaging double figures. Harris is at 13.3 ppg with Boonyasith at 12.8 ppg and Beckton Jr. at 10.2 ppg. 

All-Time Series:

-This will be the 11th all-time meeting between the two schools with American leading the series 7-3. Last year, the Eagles defeated the Retrievers in Baltimore, getting a last-second shot to lift American past UMBC.

-The last UMBC win came in the 2009-10 season when the Retrievers won a slim 59-57 decision in D.C.

Home Cooking:

-UMBC has been a tough out at home over the past four years. This year, the team has won all four home games all by double digits. Since Ryan Odom took over at the helm, the Retrievers have lost no more than five home games in a season. UMBC is 45-11 dating back to the 2016-17 season.

Up Next: 

-The Retrievers will return to the UMBC Event Center on Saturday, Dec. 7 to take on Saint Francis University. Tip-off with the Red Flash is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN+.